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March 21, 2013

Red Cross honors Community Heroes


Ken Rothwell

Community Hero

For more than 20 years, while running his catering and chicken pot pie businesses, Ken Rothwell has also volunteered his culinary talent to community organizations and local nonprofits. This busy father of three has prepared meals for charitable groups like the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem and Lifebridge. He has also served as a sports coach in Merrimac, where he lives, and supported the kids at Mary Jane Lee Park in Salem. In addition, Rothwell once stopped by a roadside in Saugus to aid an injured woman, Dorthea Edmonds, who said simply: “He was so wonderful. He was so kind.” Rothwell’s ongoing, selfless commitment to the community has been recognized by many others, including the Salem Rotary Club and Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Stewart

Mission Into Action Hero

Last June 17, Karen Stewart, executive secretary to the president of Beverly Cooperative Bank, dropped by the Girdler House — a Beverly retirement home — on her lunch hour to see an elderly friend. While there, Stewart found home Director Kathy MacNeill speech-impaired and faint from what looked like a stroke. Stewart quickly called for an ambulance, then sat with MacNeill and tried to keep her calm and comfortable. After the EMT personnel arrived and took charge, Stewart followed them to the Beverly Hospital emergency room and acted as MacNeill’s advocate and spokesperson, insisting that she receive immediate treatment as a possible stroke victim. “Receiving Karen’s help made the difference between a full recovery ... or debilitating outcome,” MacNeill said.

Jill Levine and Paul Willis

Mission Into Action Heroes

Jill Levine, athletic trainer at Manchester Essex High School, rushed to help a player who showed signs of distress during a basketball game last Sept. 10. Another spectator, Paul Willis of Hamilton, hurried to assist Levine on the court. While Willis tried to comfort the victim, Levine administered CPR and prepared to use a portable defibrillator if necessary. Due to the pair’s fast and knowledgeable response, the player, who was suffering cardiac arrest, was safely escorted to the hospital and enjoyed a good recovery.

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